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Pardew Got Lucky - It Could Have Been A Slaughter!

11 Nov 2013 11:03:37

Pardew Got Lucky - It Could Have Been A Slaughter!

Tim Krul made 14 saves against Tottenham, the most by any keeper since Opta started recording full data in 2006/07.

It will be remembered for the greatest goalkeeping display from a Newcastle goalkeeper ... probably EVER!

I remember 'Budgie' Burridge, Pav and Shay Given producing breath-taking displays in individual games but nothing that held a team at bay for 97 minutes.

It was special, but it hid the fact that had Newcastle been playing against Liverpool's "SAS" or Man Utd's Van Persie and Rooney, or even with Robbie Elliot in goal, this could have been a disaster to rival the 6-0 against the Scousers that season!

Alan Pardew said on Sunday he is hopeful Newcastle United can give their fans more to cheer about on their travels this season – and banish memories of last term’s awayday disappointments - but he should be thanking his lucky stars.

Tottenham’s tally of 14 shots on target without a goal was the most by any side since records began in 2006, and Christian Eriksen created EIGHT chances, more than any player in a single game this season.

Spurs have only scored five goals in six home league games this season, and this (thanks to Tim Krul) was their darkest day.

The newspapers on Friday were recording Newcastle's horror record in London, but this was our seventh Premiership win at White Hart Lane and only Villa Park has been a happier hunting ground (eight wins).

Alan Pardew: “It was a side to us that we’ll need if we’re going to win more games away from home.

“It was our third win away. We didn’t have that many last year. We’ve got that already.

“We’ve shown that desire and spirit in those three games.

“Cardiff, Aston Villa and Tottenham – away games aren’t easy to win in the Premier League.

“We’ve had to scrap in all three of them, and we had a little bit of luck too (against Tottenham).”

After the international break ninth-placed United face a home double-header against Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion.

Source: Newcastle United Mad


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